New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Urges Small Thanksgiving Gatherings: ‘Spread Thanks, Not COVID’

by Chris Haney

On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared a Thanksgiving message on Twitter urging citizens to gather in small groups over the November holiday.

The governor posted a reminder that large indoor gatherings could spread the virus. Additionally, he requested that no more than 10 people gather together for the holiday.

“Thanksgiving is a week away. LARGE INDOOR DINNERS will spread COVID. Limit Thanksgiving to your immediate household. Gatherings over 10 people are not permitted. Spread thanks, not COVID,” Cuomo wrote.

Cuomo Refused to Ban Trick-or-Treating For Halloween

In October, New York’s governor refused to ban trick-or-treating during Halloween. In fact, he opted for families to make their own decision on the matter.

“I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door,” Cuomo said to News 12 Long Island. “You have neighbors — if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you you can’t take your child to the neighborhood.”

In addition, Cuomo stated that he would offer further advice as Halloween approached. However, each family made their own decisions on whether to trick-or-treat.

Many states wrestled with whether they would allow trick-or-treating over the holiday. At first, Los Angeles canceled trick-or-treating, even though they reinstated the Halloween tradition shortly after. City health officials said the tradition is “not recommended,” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are recommending that trick-or-treating not happen this year. It’s just not sensible in a pandemic,” said L.A. County’s public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, according to CNN.

In contrast, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in October that “Halloween’s still on.”

“Obviously, it’s not gonna be a normal Halloween,” Murphy explained. “We’re gonna have to do things very carefully. I’m sure we’re gonna have protocols that we’ll come to. And God willing, the virus stays under control.”